The Annual Gyn Exam: What to Expect
All women know the importance of scheduling the yearly gynecological exam. It is a vital part of routine health maintenance, from your teenage years into adulthood. Though some might feel intimidated by the visit, our doctors at ROGA are here to put your mind at ease. We’ll outline some important factors you should know about your visit, from why it’s important to what happens to how we can specifically help you.
Know your body
One of the most important reasons to visit the gynecologist is to stay at the forefront of your health. If you are familiar with your body and its functions, you will know when something is not quite right. Women should begin seeing a gynecologist between the ages of 13 to 15, as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or when you become sexually active, are having problems with your period, or are having unusual pain or discharge from the vagina.
What is the process?
You can prepare for your exam by knowing the date of your last menstrual period, gathering information about personal and family medical history, and compiling any questions you’d like to ask. At ROGA, our goal is to offer personalized care with your comfort in mind, so please don’t be afraid to ask us anything. There are no stupid questions! We are here to talk with you about anything regarding your health, including contraception, irregular periods, vaginal discharge, and more. Here are some of the most common concerns we address.
Before the exam, we will collect a urine sample to test for any abnormalities. Once you’re in the exam room, we will perform a breast exam to check for any pain, unusual lumps, or irregularities in the breast tissue. We will also encourage you to perform breast self-exams at home.
During the pelvic exam, we will exam the external vulva as well as do a Pap smear. Pap smears collect cervical cells to check for the presence of abnormalities that could indicate an infection, an STI, or cervical cancer. Our doctor will also manually examine your reproductive organs – though you may feel some discomfort, you shouldn’t feel pain, so let us know if you do.
Once the exam is complete, feel free to communicate any last-minute questions or concerns. We will be in touch with any abnormal lab results. If any issues come to light, we’re able to address them either right in our office or at a facility.
For optimal health, be sure to visit your gynecologist yearly. Reach out to us to schedule your appointment today!